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Saturday, October 22, 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on Sunday endorsed the nuclear deal with Iran and pledged to work to ensure its survival, the Nevada lawmaker said in a tweet.

“I strongly support the historic agreement with Iran and will do everything in my power to ensure that it stands,” Reid said.

The Senate and House of Representatives plan to vote by Sept. 17 on a “resolution of disapproval” brought by Republicans who hope to sink the deal reached in July between Iran, the United States and other partners.

(Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Sandra Maler)

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) talks to reporters during a new conference following party policy lunch meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

  • yabbed

    Reid needs to move to declare his support for the rightful successor to leader of the Senate Democrats, Dick Durbin. Charles Schumer has shown his disloyalty to the Democratic Party and to President Obama and cannot in good faith be the leader of Senate Democrats.

    • anothertoothpick

      Schumer has also showed his loyalty to his orthodox jewish donors.

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        Schumer was always one of my favorite Senators. Until he started to act more Israeli than American. Sorry, but Schumer’s loyalty to Jewish donors like Silverstein and Adelson puts him out of the running for future elections.

        • anothertoothpick

          Donor loyalty, today, trumps world peace.

          We have to get money out or our politics. Saying money is speech is just insane.

          • Eleanore Whitaker

            I so agree and I believe 99% of Americans do as well. Adults know that money equals influence. Often, the wrong kind of influence.

            What’s really most frightening is that even after Abramoff went to jail for his games with Tom DeLay, K-Street lobbyists are worse today than they were in 2007.

            If there is one thing we should all work toward, it’s having the Citizens United law repealed. This won’t happen unless it is allowed to be on a national and statewide election ballot.

          • anothertoothpick

            If you read Claire McCaskill’s new book you will find, according to her anyway, it will take a constitutional amendment to change the “CU” decision.

            Which means in my opinion, in today’s political environment, it aint gonna happen.

          • Eleanore Whitaker

            So that means the GOP’s attempts to get rid of Roe vs. Wade ain’t gonna happen either. That’s a Supreme Court approved law. So is the ACA healthcare reform law. Not going to happen.

            Yet, according to the bullies of the right and the GOP Gestapo Regime, only they have the power to repeal Consitutional amendments they deem necessary? And they call that democracy?

            Sorry but you don’t cherry pick or reinterpret the meaning of the US Constitution. They’ve already ignored completely Article I, Sec. 8 that specifically states who pays for the militia, who disciplines it and who calls it up.

          • anothertoothpick

            The “GOP bullies on the right” have actually been very effective nullifying Roe by limiting access. Those state republitards have been very busy making laws that reduce women second class citizens. I cannot understand why any woman would vote for a republican. Or anyone but the 1% would vote for a republican.

            As far as the ACA goes it should be repealed and replaced with something terrific. Someday it will be replaced by single payer and then the US will catch up to the rest of the civilized world.

          • Eleanore Whitaker

            Not exactly true. I live in NJ. No woman in NY, NJ, CT, or anywhere in the midAtlantic or New England states will limit access to a Constitutionally legal right.

            The GOP ONLY limited access in their own states and already Hobby Lobby lost that right to refuse to cover birth control.

            As for the ACA, it is better than having the top 6 HMOs deciding whether we live or die based on our ability to pay their outrageous profiteering premiums, copays and deductibles.

            No other country of the world pays HMO CEOs what the US CEOs are paid. What does that tell you? It tells me these CEOs are lining their pockets with money from those who are sick or dying…..That’ll come back to bite them in their butts, if it hasn’t already.

          • anothertoothpick

            And don’t think it can’t get worse.

            Two lobby groups have organized CEOs into an austerity army. One is the Fix the Debt campaign, which is spending tens of millions of dollars on slick PR tactics to garner public support for cutting popular programs like Social Security and Medicare. More than 135 chief executives have signed up as Fix the Debt spokespeople.

            The other is the Business Roundtable, a 40-year-old club for about 200 of America’s most powerful CEOs. The Roundtable doesn’t sugarcoat. They want everybody to work until age 70 before they can get Social Security.

          • Eleanore Whitaker

            I worked for the CEO of ADP and the CEO of Akzo in the 80s. I also worked for two other CEOs in medium sized companies. I know what they are capable of. But, no man in the entire universe is infallible.

            So, you bet it will get worse. Just not for those who have nothing left. Nothing from nothing equals nothing.

            But, now when you are talking HAVES, they HAVE a whole lot to lose and right now from the looks of Wall Street, they are running for the Kaopectate. I don’t buy that Wall Street is stabilized. Not when China is down marketing its export prices to such low levels. So, the Wall Street cock roaches can pretend all they like.

            Just remember that in 1929, there were 3 crashes in sequence in 3 months.

          • hicusdicus

            I will ruin your day. I am in complete agreement with you. Even though your who you are. You can make book on that. You do like to make books right?

    • jmprint

      Totally agree. I don’t trust him AT ALL.

    • Eleanore Whitaker

      Actually, Reid needs to support his rightful successor, Elizabeth Warren. Or Barbara Boxer. The reality is that the GOP is hot to start War No. 3 in Iran and there is a reason for that.

      With China’s economy in downward spirals, the price of oil is going to drop in the US even more. To Big Oil USA, that’s a red flag that their fossil fuel is becoming more and more obsolete. With the tens of thousands of solar energy companies and those massive solar farms being built atop brown fields, Big Oil knows that a 2nd major competitor like Iran would sink US oil and their constant demand for more of our tax dollars to build more oil rigs and pipelines will get the back of Congress hand before it’s realized how wasteful that kind of spending is.

      So, of course the GOP wants to help its biggest campaign donors in Big Oil. Why not? That way, with Iran out of the global oil markets, US Big Oil can then ram more tax subsidies down our throats claiming “need” for more rigs and pipelines.

      Why else were they so hot to jump on Keystone? Now, Texas is so desperate it is making deals with Canada to export the Bakken crude to that country…that’s dirty, cheap, cheap oil they can’t sell anywhere else.

      • yabbed

        Actually, Durbin is legitimately in line with seniority, not Warren. That’s nothing anti Warren, of course. It’s just that Durbin has the time in place to be the Senate leader, not Schumer and not Warren.

        • Eleanore Whitaker

          I see, so in order for a Senate leader to be viably a “leader” it’s that fine old seniority issue? Maybe it’s just me. But, I find that seniority bit exacerbates a serious problem in terms of government necessity to remain current on issues not viewed from a long ago generation.

          If seniority is the only rule, it speaks volumes of how men like Mitch McConnell, an ancient with little or no respect for the greater good of the US and an attitude of elitism born of his “seniority.”

          It also limits the number of candidates for Majority or Minority leaders and also encourages career politicians to remain in their jobs long past their shelf life.

          • hicusdicus

            Speaking of shelf life are you not getting a bit nervous about your expiration date?.

      • hicusdicus

        You know you are now old enough to have your insurance cover a dementia check. From the comments you are making you could use one.

        • Eleanore Whitaker

          YOu know you are too old to play with yourself. Trying to get “it” up at this stage of your life must be the reason you are so sexually adolescent.

          • hicusdicus

            There is nothing like doing a pedicure on an old camel toe to get me excited. Written any books lately??? You are so falling behind.

          • Eleanore Whitaker

            Actually, I have 2 books completed, but I haven’t edited them yet. I’ve been extremely busy with SEO copywriting online of late and my short story blog on is doing great.

  • Dominick Vila

    Hopefully Reid will be able to muster enough votes to sustain President Obama’s veto. He must remind Senate Democrats that siding with Republicans determined to preserve global instability, and warfare, to support the interests of their donors, and prevent gas prices dropping as a result of Iranian oil flooding the market, is not the way to go. The Senators that are betraying their party, and its leaders, were not elected by Republicans, they were elected by Democrats.

    • paulyz

      Global instability has increased greatly under the present administration & the majority of wealthy donor money goes to Democrats.

      • Dominick Vila

        The world is more stable because of President Obama’s leadership, and the largest amount of political donations pledged thus far (almost $1T) was from the Koch brothers.

  • melpalmer

    thanks senator Reid…..No more war…….

    • FT66

      No more war if the Democrat President will be sitting in the White House come 2017.

      • paulyz

        Problem with that reasoning is most of our worst wars were when Democrats were President. Such short, biased memories.

      • hicusdicus

        No more wars??????? Human kind thrives on war. The worst thing about war is losing.

      • NoodleDogg #1

        You are such a dreamer. Have you checked out Big O’s dismal record concerning reduction of our involvment in armed conflicts?

  • Bob Williams

    Of course Harry Reid is for it. He is Obama’s Butt-Boy, and even wears his Obama knee-pads to bed.